Call of Duty Modern Warfare devs have responded to a player backlash which was caused by the announcement of PS4 exclusive mode. Art director Joel Emslie asked players to ease up on toxic comments and attacks on the team.
Earlier this week, Infinity Ward and Activision announced that their upcoming shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have a PS4-exclusive game mode named Space Ops Survival mode. PlayStation 4 exclusivity deal would be effective until the next Call of Duty title comes around.
As expected, this started an avalanche of comments and criticism from players. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare subreddit was flooded with posts where people protest the decision or announced pre-order cancellations.
Infinity Ward responded to the concerns by saying that the exclusive mode is only a tiny fraction of the entire game. Infinity Ward's narrative director Taylor Kurosaki wrote on his Twitter that Survival mode was only 1 per cent of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Xbox and PC gamers would still get to enjoy 99 per cent of the game. However, for many gamers, the problem of exclusivity is much bigger than that.
The criticism continued over the last few days, and it seems that the backlash got so bad that Infinity Ward had to ask players to stop with ultra negative comments, reminding everyone on Reddit that the devs who made the game are just human beings.
"I even read the ultra dark toxic comments that tell me how incompetent and stupid I must be and how I should go away somewhere where I can't harm people with my bad ideas and artwork. We all have a pretty thick skin here but yeah it can kind of get to you. Believe me we keep it professional but of course people that pass by my office from time to time can hear me through the walls," art director Joel Emslie wrote.
He added that players should criticise some decisions that have been made and that they have the right to do it, but in a civil manner.
"Go for it, but keep it clean and maybe even a little creative. Get it out of your system but remember there's a team of human beings here at IW and we have crappy days just like you. Our interest is entirely in the game itself," Emslie concluded.
There's a lot of decisions that are out of Infinity Ward's hands and the exclusivity deal with PS4 is certainly one of them. These kinds of deals are usually made by the publisher Activision, which was also strongly implied by the narrative director Taylor Kurosaki who said that the decision was above their pay grade.